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Rational Policy Analysis  

A traditional neo-positivistic style of policy analysis.

(Mayer et al., in Howlett and Lindquist, 2007, p. 90 )


Rational policy analysis refers to the traditional neo-positivistic style in which researchers apply mainly economic and other empirical methods to specific cases and the generation of new knowledge is the main task of the analyst.


Howlett, M. and E. Lindquist (2007). “Beyond Formal Policy Analysis: Governance Context, Analytical Styles, and the Policy Analysis Movement in Canada”, pp. 86 – 115, in L. Dobuzinskis, M. Howlett, and D. Laycock, eds., Policy Analysis in Canada: State of the Art. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.


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